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Gold Country Artists Gallery, 379 Main St. in Placerville, through Nov. 3, is showing the lively, colorful and dramatic watercolors of Joyce Bahnsen. Bahnsen’s career in the arts has spanned many years. She has taught interior design and has won numerous awards and commissions. Her work now features painting on silk and she creates beautiful wearable garments — scarves, blouses and vests. Also featured this month is Karen Hunziker, mixed media with ink, watercolor and pastel and Lorrene Davis, elegant jewelry using polymer clay and silver. The cooperative gallery of local professional artists is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 9 p.m. for Third Saturday Art Walk on Nov. 16. For more information call 530-642-2944 or visit the Website goldcountryartistsgallery.com and the blog goldcountryartistsgallery.blogspot.com.
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El Dorado Arts Council’s ArtSpace, 459 Main St. in Placerville, presents “3-D and 3×3 Art Show” through Oct. 25. Artists will be doing demonstrations during Third Saturday Art Walk. For more information call 530-295-3496. ArtSpace hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apple Hill Growers Association is blessed with a wide variety of different ranches, and there is always a reason to visit. Several ranches welcome guests all year long. Boa Vista Orchards is the apple barn open year round. Also open all year are the wineries (Boeger, Fenton Herriott, Grace Patriot, Lava Cap, Madroña, ParaVi and Wofford Acres) and Jack Russell Farm Brewery. For the ultimate in pampering Time Out Resort and Day Spa accepts reservations all year long. Go to email@example.com for more information.
Sierra Vista Winery, 4560 Cabernet Way in Placerville, is having Sierra Vista Winery Old Clone Zinfandel Days during October. Come in to savor the aged zinfandels from 2006, 2007 or 2009 and on Friday to Sunday, Oct. 25 to 27 enjoy Nevada Days with cheese tasting. Call 530-622-7221 to learn more.
The Ponderosa High School theater department is presenting A.R. Gurney’s “The Dining Room” at the Ponderosa High School Theater, 3661 Ponderosa Road in Shingle Springs. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23, 24, 26, Nov. 1 and 2. There will be a 2 p.m. matinée on Nov. 2. Tickets are available at the door for $8. Reservations available through firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s Personal, 250 Main St. in Placerville, is featuring Karaoke with Celestial Sounds on Friday at 8 p.m. On Saturday, Oct. 26 Rachel Cargill, Country with Class is playing. On Thursday meet a winemaker and have wine tasting and food pairings from 5 to 9 p.m. Drop in for delectable tidbits, wine pairings and music in an intimate setting. For more information call 530-303-3792.
Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub, 425 Main St. in Placerville, is having karaoke with Ellen on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m.; music by Melonee Desireé & Causin’ a Ruckus on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m.; the Naked Parrots on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m.; singer songwriter open mic on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.; and Out of the Blue at the Halloween Party on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. To get a full schedule of musical entertainment call 530-626-1091.
Charles B. Mitchell Vineyards, 8221 Stoney Creek Road, is having Endless Pizza and Salad on Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. Create pizzas using the many toppings and watch the pizza cook in the Napolese wood fire pizza oven for $10. In addition to Endless Pizza and Salad there will be live Maine lobsters for $30. Each lobster is 1 1/4 plus pounds. Call 530-620-3467 to RSVP and reserve a lobster. Dine in the cellar, under the trees or at the bocce court. Play bocce ball and visit while enjoying CBM wine.
PJ’s Roadhouse, 5641 Mother Lode Drive in Placerville, is having music by Old Griff on Friday, Oct. 25 at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge. Full Funky Gorilla with Old Griff is playing at the Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 9 p.m. There is a $5 cover charge. For more information call 530-626-0336.
The Carson Valley Inn in Minden, Nev., features music in the Cabaret Lounge. Upcoming bands and events: Oct. 24 – 26 Carolyn Dolan and Friends, Oct. 27 – 28 Sunday Night and Monday Night Football, Oct. 29 – 30 George Pickard, Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 After Dark and Nov. 9 Moe Bandy in the Valley Ballroom. Call 800-321-6983 ext. 624 for more information.
The Cameron Park Rotary Club Community Observatory, Folsom Lake College, El Dorado Center, 6699 Campus Drive in Placerville, has trained observatory docents to show the many celestial wonders of the universe as seen through several telescopes. To view the sky continue to the back parking lot to the left of observatory gate. Admission is free to the public. The observatory is open to the public on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings weather permitting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. November through April and 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. May through October. For more information and nightly closure updates go to communityobservatory.com or call 530-642-5621 ext. 9.
Make a Difference Day is Saturday, Oct. 26 and the American Sewing Guild, Gold Country Chapter, will be at MORE, 399 Placerville Drive in Placerville, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. making a difference. Stop by for sewing, friendship and helping others. This is a community event to benefit community members by making Christmas stockings for local organizations. All fabric, ready to sew, will be provided. For more information contact Karen at 916-817-1524.
Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, is serving a four-course luncheon on the Vineyard Patio on Saturdays and Sundays. Pairings 2013 combines a chef’s creativity with the beautifully crafted Miraflores wines. Diners will be able to talk to the chef du jour and on some occasions there will be a sommelier present to describe the wines and give tips. On Saturday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 27 the Three Cork Dorks — Tyler Stacy, Sean Griswold and Matthew Lewis are the chefs. For reservations call 530-647-8505.
Miraflores Winery, 2120 Four Springs Trail in the Pleasant Valley area, is featuring the art of Michael Housewright on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3. For more information call 530-647-8505.
Mais Fica Winery, 3395 Kincade Drive in Placerville, is having a tasting of Rhone wines by Marty and Eileen Blair on Saturday, Oct. 26 from noon to 5 p.m. The mourvedre, grenache, grenache rosé wines are crafted in small quantities.
Fenton Harriott Vineyards, 120 Jacquier Court in Placerville, is having a Halloween Party in the Cellar on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Put on a costume and dance to music by 3 G’s and Friends. There will be costume prizes. Cost is $10 and includes a glass of Fenton Harriott wine. Call 530-642-2021 for more specifics.
The El Dorado Arts Council is presenting Apassionato, an elegant evening of art, wine and fine dining on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. To attend call the EDAC office at 530-295-3496 or go to eldoradoartscouncil.org/events/apassionato/.
The Cozmic Café, 594 Main St. in Placerville, is having a Disco Fright Night on Saturday, Oct. from 8 p.m. – midnight. Authentic disco, funk, old school, soul, R&B, and 21st century masterpieces will be spun by DJ Morelos. There will be prizes for the best costumes. 21 and over only. For more information call 530-642-8481.
Grapes and Graves Cemetery Ghost Tour is Sunday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Nello Olivo Tasting Room and the Placerville Union Cemetery on Bee Street in Placerville. The tasting room is located in the basement of the Bee-Bennett House which dates back to 1853 and is said to be haunted. Some of its former residents are buried across the street in Placerville Union Cemetery. Ghost Tours of Placerville will be the guide. After the tour, wine and comfort food will be served to calm the nerves. For all the details call 530-409-5603.
The Smith Flat House, 2021 Smith Flat Road in Placerville, is having a Beermaker’s Dinner on Sunday, Oct. 27 featuring the beers from Gold Hill Brewery, Old Hangtown Beerworks, Mraz Brewery of El Dorado Hills and Two Rivers Cider Co. paired with special menu items. to make a reservation call 530-621-1003.
Ecstatic Dance Placerville at the Oddfellows Hall, 467 Main St. in Placerville, is on the second and fourth Sundays from 4 to 7 p.m. This is an all ages, drug and alcohol free, DJ-ed community dance and movement therapy session. To learn more visit ecstaticdance.org or call 530-626-6030.
The Folklore Lounge, 372 Main St. in Placerville, has an open mic and acoustic jam every Monday at 7 p.m. Wednesday is belly dancing and lessons at 7 p.m. For more information call 530-621-4147.
The Placerville Arts Association and the Placerville Senior Center have a new program for artists. The informal artist’s workshop is every Tuesday morning at the Placerville Senior Center, 937 Spring St. in Placerville from 9 a.m. to noon. All artists are welcome, all skill levels. Artists can work on any project and share ideas and critiques. For information call Homer Rail at 530-913-1555.
Veterans Memorial Auditorium, the Center for the Arts, 314 W Main St. in Grass Valley, and Carrera Productions present Buddy Guy with Grease and Grime opening on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. For tickets and more information call the box office at 530-274-8384 or visit thecenterforthearts.org/buddy-guy/.
Burke Junction, 3300 Coach Lane in Cameron Park, is having a Pumpkin Halloween Train on Tuesday, Oct. 29, tickets are $3; on Wednesday, Oct. 30; on Thursday, Oct. 31 and Friday, Nov. 1, ticket s are $4 from 4 to 8 p.m. each day. There will be free face painting Wednesday and Thursday with a ticket purchase. A portion of all proceeds will go to Special Spaces Sacramento-El Dorado County to help fund Kobe’s Dream BedRoom Makeover (facebook.com/SpecailSpacesSacramento.ElDoradoCounty). For more information call 916-934-8775.
Historic Cary House Hotel, 300 Main St. in Placerville, is showcasing the wines of Fair Play on Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. The winemakers’ favorite red wines will be featured and complimentary desserts from D’Agostini’s Delights Bakery will be served. To learn more visit fairplaywine.com.